What did you do for Mother's Day? I hiked a lava lake. It was awesome! This is moderate hike, about 4 miles long. Kilauea Iki (Little Kilauea) is a small caldera located next to the much larger and still active Kilauea. It last erupted in 1959. It has hills of lava, bubbles of lava, steam vents and pretty much looks like you are walking on the surface of the moon, yet you will see ferns and flowering plants along the way that add a fragile beauty. If you are in Volcano it is well worth the 1 1/2 to 2 hours it takes to hike it.
1. Start early. It gets very warm as the heat of the afternoon reflects off the black lava.
2. Take at least a liter of water per person, more if you get a late start.
3. Wear closed toe shoes or hiking sandals. Lava can be sharp.
4. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
5. Take a snack or lunch. We ate on a hill at the eruption site.
6. If you want a gradual descent and stairs coming back out turn clockwise at the top. Reverse it and you take the stars down.
7. Take your time and enjoy. Look around and up when you are at the bottom. You are hiking a LAVA LAKE! Amazing.